2016 At a Glance

This year was one of many changes, challenges, and strides in the fight against human trafficking in Alberta. This special edition newsletter looks at a few of this year's achievements.

This December, ACT Alberta proudly released the results of the study, "Labour Trafficking in Edmonton: Holding Tight to a Double-Edged Sword."

This project, the first of its kind in Canada, explores the hidden intricacies of labour trafficking in Edmonton. Through interviews and focus groups with local experts, criminal justice representatives, government officials, service providers, previously trafficked persons, and others, this study has produced a local body of knowledge on the realities of labour trafficking in Edmonton.

This report was funded by Public Safety Canada with a donation from Tammy Johnson. 

Click the image below to link to the report:

New Resources
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Voices of Survivors
In recognition of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016, we created a resource showcasing the impacts of human trafficking told through the voices of survivors.
"Hidden in Plain Sight"
To commemorate World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, 2016, ACT Alberta launched an awareness campaign via social media. This project was made possible by the assistance of the Advertising Club of Edmonton.

Outreach and Impact
Human Trafficking

In 2016, ACT Alberta received referrals for men and women who were trafficked for the purposes of labour exploitation and referrals for women and girls who were trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Many of our clients were Canadians; others were trafficked from Asia, South America, North America, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. Many struggled with addictions, mental health concerns, language barriers, lack of status in Canada, lack of safe shelter, and other issues. They were trafficked by employers, family members, friends, gangs, boyfriends, pimps, and recruiters. 
Awareness Achievements
This year, the ACT Alberta team taught nearly 3,000 Canadians about the local realities of human trafficking. Audiences including law enforcement, government, the general public, service providers, and others received detailed information about human trafficking, Alberta's response, and how to better work together to address this issue.                                                            
Charges Laid in Alberta in 2016
Two Alberta men, 32 and 28, were charged with multiple offences including sex trafficking in Lloydminster, The charges were laid as a result of a human trafficking investigation led by the RCMP. 

Calgary, 2016
Calgary police charged a 32-year-old Toronto man with human trafficking after he allegedly forced his girlfriend to work in the sex trade against her will. After meeting in 2013, the man allegedly arranged for his girlfriend to travel to Edmonton to work in the sex trade, where she was forced to send all her earnings back to him electronically. According to police, the woman was repeatedly moved across Canada to work in the sex trade between 2014 and June 2016, when she told police her story.

Okotoks, 2016
RCMP have charged Samantha Pederson, 23, of High River with multiple counts of human trafficking, procuring persons under the age of 18, sexual exploitation of a young person, and assault after allegedly using social media to recruit five girls between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age to work in the sex trade.

Edmonton, 2016
Edmonton police charged a 24-year-old Edmonton man with multiple offences, including trafficking of a person under 18 years of age.

Edmonton, 2016
Edmonton Police Services charged 25-year old Prince Opoku with multiple offences, including human trafficking, after he allegedly forced a woman in her early 20s to work in the sex industry in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. 

This list is not exhaustive and represents news media coverage only.
Fundraising Successes
We are grateful to everyone who participated in and supported Spero Gala, Ride for Refuge 2016, Art in Action, Giving Tuesday, Joy to the World, and other various fundraising efforts this year. These crucial funds allow us to continue our work assisting victims of human trafficking and providing education on human trafficking in Alberta.

The ACT Alberta Team
Our two chapters work hard - often with limited hours and resources - to address human trafficking across Alberta. Our team of seven staff members work together to assist victims, strengthen and deepen partnerships, provide accurate and evidence-based education and training, and build capacity for community-based responses to human trafficking in Alberta.  

ACT Alberta is governed by a hardworking volunteer Board of Directors, located in Calgary and Edmonton.

Here's to a new year...

We are looking forward to deepening and expanding our partnerships, building more capacity within our chapter communities, and strengthening Alberta's response to human trafficking. 

We would like to sincerely thank you all for supporting ACT Alberta. Your support is essential in helping us in the fight against human trafficking. 

On behalf of our team of staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers, we wish you all a peaceful holiday season and all the best for 2017.

Much of our work relies on your donations. Please consider ACT Alberta when making your end-of-year donation.

Sample Costs for a Victim of Human Trafficking

* Bus ride to home community - $250

* Return transportation to country of origin - $1500

* Emergency food and medical expenses - $500 per month

* One hour of assistance from an immigration lawyer - $250

* One hour of counselling - $180

* Cost to have passport replaced - $600

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